The Land Report

Spring 2015

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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84 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM D rive toward the Davis Mountains in Far West Texas, and you'll be treated to some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the Lone Star State. Some of the best views are along the Scenic Loop, which shows up on maps as Highway 166. That's the picturesque stretch from which you can see the iconic Rockpile Ranch, which has been owned by just three families since Texas was settled. Only three, that is, until just recently. After an extensive search by its then owners, the McCoy- Remme family of San Marcos, James King of King Land & Water was charged with market- ing the ranch in 2010. After four years, the historic Texas holding sold to its next steward, the J.L. Davis family. At 55,704 acres, the Rockpile is rich in history and habitats, making it a remarkable property on a grand scale. Located west and north of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, the ranch is situated in one of the few ecological sky islands of Texas and the Chihuahuan Desert. The flora and fauna that thrive in its varied ecosys- tems are rare and remarkable. A new generation of stewards acquire a Far West Texas landmark. Rockpile Ranch Te xt by Katy Richardson Photo g raphy by Laurence Parent R a n c h l a n d D e a l o f t h e Y e a r Above: The formations that give the ranch its name lie scattered beneath the crest of the Davis Mountains. Opposite page: Once a portion of the X Ranch, the Rockpile is teeming with history.

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